This past week in Islander History – and Other Stuff

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In an attempt to have pieces coming during the summer months of non-hockey, here is a piece about the Islander during this past week.

July 16 – in 2006, Garth Snow was named as the new GM of the New York Islanders, replacing Neil Smith, who was as short lived of a manager as certain Yankee field bosses.

July 22nd – in 2004, the Islanders officially bought the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League.

Not much this week either…. All the players are signed.  However, reports from TSN, Hockey Buzz and other outlets, are still putting the Isles as a potential player in the Tim Thomas Sweepstakes.  This keeps making me shake my head, and wonder what is going to happen to this guy.

I don’t know about you, but don’t you feel that New Jersey solved all of its problems by getting Jaromir Jagr?

That signing is going to give an interesting quandry to GM Lou Lamiorello.  The long term boss, is a man of tradition.  If you ever noticed the numbers that Devil players wear over the years, you rarely, if ever, see a number higher than 30 used.  Maybe 35 in the case of a goalie, but he is known not to like that.  What will he do with Mr. Jagr?  Lou USUALLY gets his way.

Well – on July 23rd, there are four (4) teams that are OVER the cap. Philly (2.05M), Boston (1.1M), Pittsburgh (490K) and San Jose(406K) are over that 64.3 million dollar threshold.  The Isles are at the bottom with over $15 million left, but alas, not under the floor.  These numbers are provided by CapGeek.com.

Well – the schedule is out, and if you know people that are Booster Club members, there are potential for trips.  They are looking to train in to New Jersey for the season opener on Friday, October 4th.  They will tailgate for their home opener the next day.

Then – the potential for a trip to Montreal on Sunday November 10.  This game would be an early AM bus trip up to Montreal, and a 5PM start, you have time to hang out for the evening, stay over and bus home on Monday (which is Veterans Day and a holiday – so no excuse to miss this great excursion).

They are also planning a trip to Philly in January.  That would be a day trip (leave in afternoon – go to game, and bus back).

For information, go to their Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/NYIBooster.  or check them out on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NYIBooster.  Become a member and get on the road with the Boosters (Orange Wave).

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